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Alanis Morissette

Alanis Morissette

Date: Oct 20 2008

Themes: Romance

Intro

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If you haven’t listened to her lately, it may be hard to recognize Alanis Morissette. Her latest album, Flavors of Entanglement, is full of electronic sounds. The Canadian singer’s voice is a little lower, but she still has the unique pronunciation and style everyone will remember from the folk and rock songs of 1995’s Jagged Little Pill.

But one thing has remained constant: the lyrical content. Morissette continues to show her spiritual and emotional sides in songs about her relationships. Listen to Amanda and Devan talk about Morissette’s biggest heartbreaks.

Dialog

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Amanda

Amanda

Devan

Devan

Amanda:  OK, so, you know how I always say you have kind of interesting tastes in men.

Devan:  What? You do?

Amanda:  Anyway…Well not to your face! But I was thinking about Alanis Morissette and she’s kind of parallel to you in that sense.

Devan:  Well, this is all surprising news to me, but OK. Let’s talk about this…Are you saying that my ex-boyfriend is like Dave Coulier?

Amanda:  What are you talking about? Full House? Why are you talking about him?

Devan:  Because he dated Alanis Morissette.

Amanda:  When?

Devan:  A long time ago. That’s who the “You Oughta Know” is about.

Amanda:  No it’s not.

Devan:  Yes it is.

Amanda:  Shut the front door.

Devan:  It’s 100% true and I’m quite offended that you…

Amanda:  That song is so angry though and angst-ridden. He’s a fun guy.

Devan:  That’s why it offends me that you would compare my love interest to Dave Coulier from Full House.

Amanda:  I was thinking more of you and your love interest to the Alanis Morissette-Ryan Reynolds thing.

Devan:  What? Ryan Reynolds?

Amanda:  Yeah, the hottie from Just Friends?

Devan:  Isn’t he dating Scarlett Johansson?

Amanda:  Yeah, he was actually engaged to Alanis Morissette, which I actually do think is an interesting combination, maybe an “opposites attract” thing…

Devan:  How do you go from Dave Coulier to Ryan Reynolds?

Amanda:  I know. Maybe the funny guy thing. The humor thing. Humor equals sexy. I don’t know. Funny is the new sexy? That’s something Mason would say. Anyway, he left her for…dun dun dun! Scarlett Johansson.

Devan:  Oh, so Alanis must feel burned, so that’s an even bigger burn than what Dave Coulier did to her to make “You Oughta Know.” So what’s her new song gonna be called?

Amanda:  I don’t know, but it’s gonna be awesome!

 

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Discussion

Amanda says that Devan makes “interesting” choices when it comes to men. She means that she probably wouldn’t date the people Devan does. This reminds her of Alanis Morissette.

Although the artist says she will never tell for sure, it seems likely that her most famous song, “You Oughta Know,” is about Dave Coulier, who acted in the TV show Full House and broke Morissette’s heart when she was a teenager.

Recently she was dumped again, this time by actor Ryan Reynolds. Maybe her biggest song yet will come out of it!

Have you ever been heartbroken? Do you find that emotions like anger and sadness make you creative?

 

Comments

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qq_baby

qq_babySuper Member!

Taiwan

I also like her music Cool

02:52 PM Jan 10 2011 |

miffoo

miffoo

Slovakia

I like Alanis Morissette music :)

05:16 AM Jan 17 2009 |

seren sunshine

Turkey

ı like this singer very much ! (for example ı like wunderkind song.)

10:13 AM Nov 25 2008 |

kukuka

kukuka

Ukraine

i've never heard about Alanis Morisette. Is she really an international celebrity?

11:35 PM Oct 22 2008 |

Saisunee

Saisunee

Thailand

is this lesson have no sound???

 

07:49 AM Oct 21 2008 |

izzy5999

izzy5999

China

like me

06:45 AM Oct 21 2008 |

izzy5999

izzy5999

China

sometimes maybe

sometimes you may not bear it

06:42 AM Oct 21 2008 |

kaira_harry

Yemen

i didn’t lesting to it
but i think he’ll be great

12:16 PM Oct 20 2008 |

Marcelolic

Marcelolic

Brazil

I can’t to say nothing about this…I don’t know Alanis Morissette songs,but some songs it’s “little cool” :P

12:05 PM Oct 20 2008 |

Totto

Totto

Sudan

being creative usaully people associate it with thinking out of the box.

09:37 AM Oct 20 2008 |

shehrazat

shehrazat

Turkey

I think anger and sadness make creative people creative:) ordinary people like me just feel the anger and the sadness

08:27 AM Oct 20 2008 |

Totto

Totto

Sudan

Yeah, I think anger and sadness make dumb people creative when they commit suicide and

harm innocent people.   If that what you mean by  anger and sadness help people be creative, then I

agree with you.

Only smart people know how to process their anger and sadness in a better way and make themselve

happy again when they use that anger and sadness positively like Alanis Morissette.  There are two kind of

creativeness, positive creativeness  and negative creativeness.  Smile

08:17 AM Oct 20 2008 |

hizys

hizys

China

i never listen to the singer's songs, but i will have a try later.

 

 

07:16 AM Oct 20 2008 |

izzy5999

izzy5999

China

you must be yourself and keep a deaf to sadness

06:22 AM Oct 20 2008 |

seren sunshine

Turkey

I like Alanis Morisette and ı listen

because ı like The Chronicles of Narnia.

When ı watched this film,ı listened this singer's songs.

so ı like very much.

 

05:53 AM Oct 20 2008 |

juama

juama

Panama

anger and sadness can make you feel creative because many singers make songs from their emotions

08:07 PM Oct 19 2008 |

jesse.hong

jesse.hong

China

there are lot of parallels between my life and alanis'

07:10 PM Oct 19 2008 |

bbbfish

bbbfish

China

wh, i don’t know .because i can’t listen.sorry

06:49 PM Oct 19 2008 |

yana011

yana011

Philippines

alanis is uber awesome :)

05:40 PM Oct 19 2008 |

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